Informatics Research Seminar: North Carolina Strategy for Health Information Technology

February 22 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Steve Cline, DDS, MPH
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Improved health information systems are essential to the goal of transforming healthcare and improving health outcomes. NC is consistently viewed as a state leader both in terms of existing strong partnerships and innovative models of care that achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs. NC received early approval for funding in all categories made available to states for building health information technology (HIT) capacity under the HITECH component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). NC has federal grant commitments and estimated incentive payments to providers for federal HIT funding that totals more than $1 billion over the next four years. This talk will provide an overview of the federal HIT funding opportunities, the NC response, and the progress to date toward meeting North Carolina’s HIT goals.


Dr. Steve Cline is the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Health Information Technology for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the North Carolina Health Information Technology (HIT) Program is to facilitate the development of statewide interoperable health information systems that will ultimately improve health and healthcare in North Carolina. Dr. Cline is charged with coordinating HIT efforts across state government and other key stakeholders statewide.

Prior to this, Dr. Cline served as Deputy State Health Director from 2006 to 2010 in the Division of Public Health in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. His responsibilities included formulating division policies and priorities as well supervising all programmatic areas of the Division. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Cline served as Chief of the Epidemiology Section in the North Carolina Division of Public Health where he led the state’s public health response to Hurricane Floyd, bioterrorism, SARS, and other public health emergencies.

Dr. Cline received his B.S. degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and both his DDS degree and his MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married and living in Raleigh, North Carolina with four children.